- 3 cups plain flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- pinch nutmeg
- zest of 1 lemon
- juice of half a lemon
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup grated pear
- 1 cup grated apple
- Preheat oven to 160C. Grease and line 1 x 3lb loaf tin.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
- Next, stir through wet ingredients and fruit, and mix
through until well combined.
- Transfer batter to the prepared loaf tin and bake for 1 hr and 5
minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
- Remove loaf from the loaf tin and rest on a cooling rack for ten
minutes, prior to serving.
This is a very thick mixture, similar to muffins but don't worry - the moisture from the apple and pear makes it work!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
Please note, this nutrition information is to be used as a guide only. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
Spiced Apple & Pear Loaf Recipe
Every Monday our office received a large basket of fruit, which is wonderfully inspiring. Especially as at the close of each week, there are ample apples and pears leftover – perfect for baking. I love the opportunity to take these fruits home and give them a new lease in life in this spiced apple and pear loaf.
I have always loved apple tea cakes, and they were a fixture of my childhood. Whenever we visited family or friends, we always took with us a fruity cake – most Australian families will know this tradition! And my family were the sort to always be either welcoming people into our homes or visiting others.
Here in Scotland the Australian teacake simply isn’t a common occurrence and can be quite often confused with a Tunnocks Tea Cake which is some altogether very different. For me, a teacake will forever be one filled with fruit and spices, spread with salted butter, and enjoyed with a cup of tea and company.
The joy of this cake is it’s incredibly easy to make and allows for experimentation and for not-quite-precise measurements. Most baking requires precision due to the science behind it, however, this spiced apple and pear loaf is incredibly forgiving should you add a little bit too much of this, or that. You could even add some dried fruit to the mix, or mix up the spices a little.
My favourite aspect of this spiced apple and pear loaf is how it seems to divide people on the flavour. For every person who picks up on the ginger nutmeg, there’ll be another who says the lemon is the highlight. I simply adore the fact each person’s palette is so different that they find joy in the different flavours of this cake.
Let’s talk Ingredients…
Apples & Pears: There is no specific variety of apple or pear to use in this recipe. However, it is good to be aware that different fruit varieties do offer different flavours. I typically use sweet Gala apples for this recipe, and would recommend against using a tart apple such as the Granny Smith.
Spices: I use a combination of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon however feel free to experiment with other wintery spices such as cloves or allspice.
Rapeseed oil: I use rapeseed oil instead of blended vegetable oil, and find it creates a wonderfully moist cake. Rapeseed oil has some wonderful health benefits, as well as a mild flavour so it doesn’t interfere with the other flavours whatsoever.